Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris (Marassi)
|144 (Press seats)|
|Clubs||UC Sampdoria, FC Genoa 1893|
|Other names||Stadio comunale di Via del Piano (1911-1933)|
|Record attendance||57,615 (Sampdoria - Genua, 1982)|
|Design||Gregotti Associati International (1989)|
|Address||Via De Pra 1, 16139 Genova|
Description: Stadio Luigi Ferraris
First stands in this location were built in 1911 and could hold up to 25,000 people. This means that popular ‘Marassi’ (after the district it lies in) is the oldest operating stadium in Italy. Back then it had a running track, but that was removed very soon.
Already in 1920 Genoa started redeveloping the stadium to have football pitch only. However, due to poor financial condition the works weren’t finished until 1932. New stands (without corner sections) received patronage of war hero Luigi Ferraris, captain of Genoa’s squad from before WWI. His medal for valor was placed near the northern stand. Main stand façade built then has been kept to this day, integrated into new stand.
Thanks to being a very modern venue at that time, Marassi hosted the 1934 World Cup. Record attendance didn’t come then, though – it was in 1982, when Sampdoria and Genua met in their derby clash in front of 57,615 people, some 2,000 of whom didn’t pay for the tickets. There is information of possibly over 60,000 during 1949 Italy-Portugal clash, but that would require further confirmation.
Stand after stand, the stadium was once again rebuilt in 1987-1989, allowing for both clubs to host games during works. The works again enabled World Cup games here, this time in 1990. Vision by Vittorio Gregotti was a uniquely original one back then, until he used a lot of it in Nimes and Marrakech. Only 15 lowest rows of seating aren’t covered, while the remainder provides shelter from rain.
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